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Job Title:  Legal Counsel

Job Number:  19755

British American Tobacco ( is a market leading, global organisation with a long, established history and a bright and dynamic future. Thanks to our people we have continued to deliver growth and exceed expectations in an increasingly complex and challenging marketplace.

Our aim is to become the leading tobacco company in each of our markets by providing excellent products with confidence and responsibility expected of global consumer brands.

British American Tobacco has a new exciting opportunity for a Legal Counsel to be based in our office in Dubai and support our business across GCC.


This role requires providing the business with quality commercial and legal advice, guidance, leadership and support in all areas in MEA markets, enabling the business to achieve strategic objectives. On the other hand, as a key member of the Middle East LEX team, the role requires maintaining the corporate compliance culture in order to ensure sustainability in MEA, specifically by driving adherence to group standards such as code of ethics, contract and sanctions compliance procedures.

The main responsibilities of the role:

  • Draft, negotiate and conclude written letters, memoranda, agreements and/or other    documents related to all significant commercial transactions so as to optimize and protect the interests of the MEA business and the wider BAT Group
  • Ensure that all marketing and promotional activities undertaken by the MEA business are compliant with both the IMP and any other relevant laws and regulations in force from time to time to safeguard the BAT Group’s reputation as a responsible organization
  • Monitor and maintain compliance with all corporate governance and legislative obligations that relate to BAT Group’s registered operations in the GCC
  • Advise and assist the MEA anti-illicit trade project manager to formulate and implement successful anti-illicit trade programs and initiatives to increase the value and share of BAT Group’s brands across the MEA and to act as the custodian of the MEA's business’ policies and procedures in respect of cross border trade in BAT products
  • Advise and assist the MEA external affairs team from a regulatory perspective in setting the legal framework as basis of engagement programs

In terms of leadership capabilities:

  • Advise the HR function in all matters related to Labor Laws of MEA countries mainly for UAE (including DMCC regulations) and KSA
  • Devise / implement standard documents for management of day to day HR activities in light of Labor Laws of MEA markets
  • Actively advise HR function in labor disputes and coordinate labor litigation with external legal counsels
  • Advise all business functions in MEA markets to ensure overall compliance with regulations and laws of MEA countries as well as international sanctions, trade embargos etc. as applicable
  • Plan, manage and execute all board and shareholders meetings for the entities established in MEA, coordinate execution of day to day corporate secretarial documents and legal submissions of entities in UAE and Bahrain
  • Manage corporate compliance calendar consisting of annual trainings of company employees in MEA on company policies and procedures such as the Standards of Business Conduct (“SoBC”) Contracts Policy, Middle East Area Sanctions Compliance Policy etc. coordinate MEA’s annual submissions to central
  • Closely monitor regulatory developments in MEA countries with particular focus on tobacco and marketing regulations, review and approve all marketing activities and materials developed by the marketing function for use in MEA markets and in duty free areas in Coordination with Head of Government Affairs.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law
  • Arabic and English level at fluent level (speaks, reads and writes)
  • Previous experience in an FMCG/multinational organization
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the field
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A sound commercial sense and practical approach
  • Ability to exercise judgement and assess risk in diverse markets
  • Familiarity with legal documentation in English and Arabic languages
  • Preferably GCC national with a priority to Saudi nationals



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